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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Jan 22, 2009 3:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

This is something I did several years back when I first quit drinking. I needed to fill about 5 hours a day with something else, so I bought a guitar.
I did this in my living room on a piece of crap classical guitar with a Dean Markley transducer taped to the front. I plugged it straight into a 4-track tape recorder and let it rip.
A friend at work had gotten an album/tape transferring machine as an X-Mas gift. So I asked if she would be so kind as to put a tape onto CD for me. Luckily enough for me, I now have a couple of tunes of mine on CD.

So, I've uploaded this song to mediafire and I wanted to share it with anyone who cared to listen.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/mqnljyjnwy2/01 - Song for Sarah.mp3

It's very low-fi with some good ol' tape hiss, but it's really not bad for a first go around.

Peace.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 22, 2009 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Joe, if you enjoy doing that kind of stuff, you can do it digitally on the cheap. Alesis offers a podcast setup that has a microphone that plugs directly into a USB port on the computer, comes with software and headphones.

Just like most other technology, this stuff has come way down in the past few years and you can create some excellent recordings on your PC. I'm not spamming anything, but here's a link to an example of what I'm talking about.

http://www.jr.com/usbmic-podcasting-kit/pe/ALE_USBMICKIT/

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Poster: patourkid Date: Jan 22, 2009 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Nice playing man, I have played at least a little bit every day for the past 4 years and I am no where near that good yet. Nice song too.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Jan 22, 2009 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

I just got done listening to the song and I was warned by my anti virus that this file is loaded with a trojan horse!!!!! I'm not saying you had anything to do with it but I wouldn't recommend D/Ling this file.

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Jan 22, 2009 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Hey, I'm sorry that happened. I can assure you that I had nothing to do with any trojan horse or anything like that.
I ran a scan on my computer and didn't get anything.
I can only assume that it is something with mediafire.

Do you know of a file hosting site that is trusted and I could upload files to?
I still have a few more songs I'd like to share. But, if this is gonna happen, then I would rather save everyone the grief instead of them having the same thing happen as you did.

Peace.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 23, 2009 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Edia fire is plaqued with popups, redirects and spam, upload here, trust me.

Open source audio is a good starting place until you get signed by a fake ass netlabel or even get a bunch of groupies and create your own etree section like the maykers and brian adams.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 22, 2009 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

joe ... definitely not anything to do with your file, which i just downloaded and popped into my player; a lotta fileshare sites have all sorts of adware and tracking cookies and junk like that, but whether or not the bad stuff affects your computer has more to do with how one has their computer set up; not to mention that anti-virus/spyware programs often give false positives for files that are probably safe

if i can recommend a pretty cool site for sharing files, it's only 100MB maximum that you can have on your account at any one time, but for sharing .mp3 files like you are doing, it's great

check it out here: http://drop.io/

the drop.io site is amazingly easy to use, no adware, no viruses, give it a go if you're of a mind to

by the way, nice song, i look forward to the others

edit: i should mention that after you've created your drop.io site you can set your preferences so that others can't upload stuff onto your page (it works both ways); been a while since i've set my page up, but pay attention to the preferences

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2009-01-23 03:55:57

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Jan 23, 2009 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Thank you very much. I'm gonna check out that drop.io site. I'm gonna try and post a few more songs in the next day or two for anyone who's interested.

Peace.

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Jan 23, 2009 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

Couldn't you just upload on this site (Open Source Audio)?

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Jan 23, 2009 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: average_joe.......Computer Recording

That's a good idea. Thanks. I will have to give it a shot.

Peace.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Jan 22, 2009 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

not bad...not bad at all

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 22, 2009 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

Not bad, sounds like you been practicing on a regular basis. I recently dug my old Harmony out of the attic and had a friend fix it up and adjust it and started trying to play again. I forgot how hard it is on the hands, my hand cramps and I get weird pains and can't reach the frets I want to - but it is something for me to fart around with.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 23, 2009 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

All you need to get started can be done for free. If you know how to run a 4 track, this will look familiar:

http://reaper.fm/

You'll never have to wake a drummer up out of a vodka nod again either. You can take the transducer mic right to the soundcard line in, unless you have a laptop- they suck and only have noisy mics. You can build a giant free guitar rig with effects at KVR for your own wall of sound here:

http://www.kvraudio.com/ Just search the free stuff.

If you get lost the forums at both of those places are very generous. USB interfaces usually do not allow live monitoring so if you are laying multiple tracks you'd have to run one earphone from the USB box and another from the PC... still working on that for myself, Firewire may be the way to go but I am a cheap bastard.

If you do get into it and focus mainly on guitar, I would consider a POD:

http://line6.com/podstudio/

I wouldn't buy one myself because I am broke but they look cool.

And you should upload here so people can review your song, which was not half bad by the way. Feel free to spam the shit out of my forum if you do.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 23, 2009 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

You're a good guy to have around, NC. I always meant to hook the guitar up to the computer one of these days and start having some fun but I just never got around to it. You've got me thinking about that again - so thanks!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 23, 2009 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

Ain't he though? Just don't mention Paulus and the sixth army or he might pull out his miniatures again.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 23, 2009 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Vault of average_joe....... (non-Dead)

They are scale historically replicas and I am currently arranging a phalanx formation anyway.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 23, 2009 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: keeping it simple

If that reaper is overwhelming and you will be only working with audio and not MIDI and advanced routing, you might want to start off with this:

http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/

It's free and basic, but allows some growth before you delve further...